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Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by MrFixIt sweet, delicious water!
The number one thing people want to know about a water filter is how it performs. That's pretty simple. The RT-200 from Aquasana rocks. The number two thing that people want to know is what it takes to get there. And that answer is a bit more complicated.
This filter is large. Very large. It came nicely packed, and with all of the necessary plumbing and hardware. All the pipes included were 3/4" grey plumbing PVC. The manual is pretty worthless, with NO installation instructions, and most of it spent detailing an optional UV attachment, which is not part of this unit. For something this complicated and critical, more attention should have been placed on the support.
Lucky, in this modern age of technology, there were a number of YouTube videos that did a great job of showing a few different installation techniques.
My house in Los Angeles is a 1947 raised foundation single story SFR. The house does not have an attached garage, and no large vacant places near the laundry room, necessitating the placement of this filter outside. There was pretty much only one suitable installation location for this beast, and that was just outside the kitchen. Your situation might be quite different, but keep in mind this filter is really tall (41"), and needs a good 24" on either side for piping and valves.
I got lucky in that this location is mostly shaded, as this unit should not be in direct sunlight.
Honestly, the actual installation of this filter was a total nightmare. Multiple trips to Home Depot and hours spent in a dark and dusty crawl-space under the house were required to get this unit up and running. I ended up spending over 12 hours start to finish on the placement, setup, and interior / exterior plumbing.
The largest challenge was getting all of the copper piping situated correctly underneath the house. I have a good amount of experience sweating copper pipes, but the amount of actual modification was wholly unexpected. The problem was that the water comes into the house from the front, and then goes to the back of the house in one long run. Along that length of pipe, in multiple locations there are taps for the bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, etc. It would have been much easier to simply tap into the supply right at the entrance and bring those two pipes outside to where the installation was taking place. However, then all the water to the back yard (sprinklers, plants, etc) would have been filtered as well! And since probably a third of the water in the house goes to water the lawn, this would have been poor use for a water filter. In addition, this would have significantly reduced the life of the filter, and in essence increased the cost per gallon of filtered water.
I decided to bite the bullet and create a branch near the input. One branch would be a straight run all the way to the back yard, and the other would get diverted to the filter, and then feed the rest of the plumbing. This, of course took much more time than anticipated, and ended up adding significantly to the cost. Copper pipe is not cheap, and all the additional hardware and supplies ended up adding an additional $200 to the total cost of the system.
Thus far, i have no complaints about the performance of this Rhino water filtration unit. My biggest concern was that there would be a significant drop in pressure once this unit was installed. I've had bad experiences with shower-only filters that dropped the pressure to near unusable levels. With this whole-house unit, I am happy to report that there has been NO NOTICEABLE DROP in pressure! This most likely has to do with the supply being 3/4", while the destination pipes are 1/2".
As far as taste, The water in my opinion tastes a tad bit sweeter than it did before. This is probably due to the chlorine removal which is a standard additive in municipal water supplies.
I am thrilled that i can finally drink from the tap!
One more thing to remember, is that this unit is not serviceable in any way. After it has completed it's task of 300,000 gallons, it must be replaced completely. Thankfully, this was thought out ahead of time, and the included plumbing couplings will make future replacement of this unit a snap.
A nice water filter whose performance is just fantastic. Causes no drop in pressure. Installation is a bear, so make sure to plan your install well ahead of time. Know where you want to put the filter and get to know the layout of your pipes. Make sure to factor in the cost of additional hardware and supplies need for the job. Manual is worthless, but YouTube has some good videos.
October 22, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by Jason31 Good carbon filter but over priced and non refillable
This is a whole house carbon filter with pre-filter and 1st stage copper/zinc & mineral stone filter. The unit is large for a house without a place to tie into the water main in a basement, garage or water heater closet. Installation is easy and the grey PVC fittings are code for the water supply lines. PVC is not ok for the distribution lines which is why we typically don't see PVC in house plumbing. The main filter unit has 1" connections, but reducers are used to get it to match the 3/4" per filter. My house line is 1" to reduce pressure drop until the hot water and lawn sprinklers split off. Plan where the filter ties in so you reduce pressure loss and don't filter the water for the sprinklers.
The performance is good for a carbon filter. The water tastes noticeably better. If you had any plastic taste in your water the carbon will remove it. The best course of action before purchasing any filter is to test you water to determine what you want to remove. There are many filter technologies and they all address different problems.
There are a couple problems with this system, which is why I don't recommend it. First, the carbons filter holds 0.6 cubic feet of granulated activated carbon. This carbon cannot be replaced without buying a whole replacement unit for about the same price as the filter system. GAC is only $100 per cubic foot and many other brands of carbon filter do allow refills. A refillable unit costs about the same and will save you a lot of money after a few years when the carbon is spent. There did not appear to be anything special about how the carbon bed was packed to prevent this from being a refillable unit as claimed in the Aquasana website. Second problem is the first stage with the copper/zinc and mineral stone is mostly empty. There is about a cup and a half of this material in the two units I have. This could be a defect, but for both units to be this way is suspicious. A filter bed does not work unless the water can pass through the bed. With this small amount of material, the water would bypass to the outlet. Before buying, inquire about the amount of the copper/zinc media that should be in the 1st stage filter. The product literature implies a full bed of copper/zinc media, not a small amount that would just swirl around.
Overall the filter will make your water better if the problem is something carbon will remove, like chlorine and other voc's. you should test your water first. I feel a refillable carbon filter is a better value. The copper/zinc filter will do nothing since it is not filled with enough media for the water to pass through.
August 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by HappyGardener This product definitely helps with the water quality!
I had difficulty with the water in the Indianapolis area. My skin was breaking out and itchy all the time due to the hardness of the water. Additionally, after installing an instant water heater I was concerned with the deposits on the heating element. This product has definitely taken care of the skin issue and I believe will do the same for the deposits on the heating element, but it has not been in operation long enough to make a definitive decision.
the only draw back was that it was somewhat difficult to install and does take quite a lot of room to install, it is almost the size of a conventional water heater.
But I am absolutely delighted with the filtration, it positively impacted both my skin, my hair, and the taste of the drinking water.
December 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by SouthernUtahBoy Clean, pure tasting water for the entire house.
I finally had a plumber come over and professionally install this system. We immediately noticed an improvement in the taste of our water from the tap. I also love the added security of knowing that chlorine, metals, pesticides, herbicides, and other contaminants are also being filtered out of the water. The system took up a little more space than I thought, but I can't complain too much since I feel it's very worth having. At first, I was disappointed to learn that the filtration media could not be replaced. You actually have to replace the entire filter itself. However if you do the math, you actually save money because you only have to replace the filters every few years. With a traditional filtration system, you have to spend money 3 or 4 times a year to replace the filtration media, and those costs can really add up. Basically this system is almost entirely maintenance-free! Overall, I am glad I chose to have this installed, and everyone who sees this in my garage wants to know where they can purchase one.
May 15, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0Â by Bascum Built to Be Replaced
I bought a whole house filter system 5 years ago and every single element has had to be replaced. The system is cheaply made and every element is guaranteed to start leaking anywhere from 3-5 years out so you are basically on the hook to buy an entirely new system once it fails.
November 30, 2014